X Games ZOOM gallery, January 2017
Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Alaska
Our collection of the best photos in action sports for the month of January 2017, kicks off with backcountry skiing in Alaska. "Here is Sage Cattabriga-Alosa in the Neocola range of Alaska shooting for Teton Gravity Research's most recent release 'Tight Loose.'" -- Nic Alegre
Jordan Lovelis, New Zealand
"Straight through customs and directly to this masterpiece of a pump track," says photographer Gabe L'Heureux. "There is something liberating about cruising around this berm at super high speed right after sitting on a plane for that long."
Fredi Kalbermattern, Butter, Saas Fee, Switzerland
"It was mid-April and we were enjoying the last big powder storm of the year with Saas Fee Legend Fredi Kalbermaten," says photographer Mat Georges. "After a little line in the middle of huge crevasses, Fredi was all pumped and buttered this roller on my way for a high five and footage check. At this time of the year, it's very sketchy to walk around a glacier, so you go step by step with a probe and kind of hope for the best. However, we always felt all super safe with Fredi guiding us through this madness of ice."
Robbie Maddison, San Francisco
"Robbie Maddison and I hit the streets of San Francisco with his electric KTM bike in search of new moto creativity during Red Bull Summer Solstice Photo Challenge," says photographer Chris Tedesco. "We had some ideas in mind, but we weren't sure what would be possible. Lombard Street seemed like the perfect place, and after scouting the location, we decided that a nose wheelie down the twisty, iconic road would be perfect. Mission accomplished!"
Jeremie Heitz, Switzerland
"To shoot this face have been my dream for seven years," says photographer Tero Repo. "I have been standing on bottom of the face several times and witnessed conditions where skiers were not allowed to ski. Finally last spring, while filming 'La Liste Project' with Jeremie Heitz, the conditions were good enough to ski the face. I will never forget this day."
Sterling Roberts, Austin, Texas
"I took part in a photography project titled #ATXsquared recently, where photographers were assigned a four-square block radius of East Austin, Texas, to document and interact with its inhabitants and to let them tell their story," says photographer Sandy Carson. "By chance I bumped into Sterling Roberts, a local coffee entrepreneur and BMX roaster on a do-it-yourself concrete spot, under the watchful statue of the late Colonel Anderson Jones Peeler."
Koa Rothman, Oahu, Hawaii
"Here, Hawaiian big-wave surfer Koa Rothman wins the Da Hui Backdoor Shootout at Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, and the $40,000 prize," says photographer Lucas Gilman. "Pipeline served up a particularly glassy pipe-perfect day, and Koa Rothman dedicated his win to the Pipeline legend Kalani Chapman, who suffered a traumatic experience earlier in the day but recovered to continue surfing."
Jesse Paul, Ogden, Utah
"While shooting for Jesse's upcoming X Games real snow video part, we headed north to Ogden with a specific spot in mind for a trick Jesse really wanted in his video part," says photographer E-Stone. "Unfortunately we were busted three times in one day trying to hit spots he had planed. Eventually as the light was dwindling we found this cool spot on the side of a building, and we just decided to ask for permission to shoot. The dude inside was a skateboarder and said it was OK. And with only 30 minutes of light left, Jesse Paul ripped some deep nose presses down the handrail. After he was done, I asked him for one more go as I found this top angle showing just his shadow on the wall as well as the feature. The day was salvaged and Jesse had another shot in the books.
Ben Raybourn, Littleton, Colorado
"This was shot on a Birdhouse Skateboards trip from Los Angeles to Denver, collecting footage for the new Birdhouse video," says photographer Bart Jones. "Staying in Denver, the rest of the crew was skeptical on the hour drive out just to skate a skatepark, but once out there, they completely understood. As for Ben and as spontaneous as he is, he's also somewhat easy to shoot. I can practically set up anywhere and as long as he is skating in that area, you are bound to get something good."
Ben Serrano, Austalia
"This wave was crazy, not just because it was a beast, but because it was twice the size of anything else that had come through that morning," says photographer Ed Sloane. "The fact that it was caught [by Ben Serrano] was also pretty epic. I think the colors are an added bonus as well."